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I've just seen that Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) has signed on to direct a big screen version of this.

 

Following the recent BBC version, I'm not holding my breath . . .

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The Crysalids?   I must get round to reading that.  :)

 

Doh!

 

No, sorry, The Day of the Triffids (I thought I was posting in a Day of the Triffids thread!).

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I've ordered most of these and am looking forward to them

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The Day of the Triffids was the first of Wyndham's that I read, many years ago.  I only recently read The Midwich Cuckoos and The Kraken Wakes, and loved them as well, although Triffids has to by my favorite.  :)  One day I'll get to the rest!

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The Day of the Triffids was the first of Wyndham's that I read, many years ago.  I only recently read The Midwich Cuckoos and The Kraken Wakes, and loved them as well, although Triffids has to by my favorite.  :)  One day I'll get to the rest!

 

The Trouble with Lichen is an interesting read.  Lots of gender and social politics.

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The Trouble with Lichen is an interesting read.  Lots of gender and social politics.

 

Thanks, :)  I've ordered both The Trouble with Lichen and Consider Her Ways.

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Doh!

 

No, sorry, The Day of the Triffids (I thought I was posting in a Day of the Triffids thread!).

Thanks, Raven.   I hated the BBC version and wish someone would do a decent version, so here's hoping. :)

 

I've just ordered The Trouble with Lichen from Ebay (with Peter Lord cover that I'm collecting).  I've enjoyed the three Wyndham's I've read so far very much. 

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I've just ordered The Trouble with Lichen from Ebay (with Peter Lord cover that I'm collecting).  I've enjoyed the three Wyndham's I've read so far very much. 

 

Nice!  :D  

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I've got a number of different copies of various Wyndham books, including some Penguin first edition paperback versions, but I'm not sure I have any Peter Lord covers.  My favourites are the 80/90's covers by Mark Salwowski.

 

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Fair comment, although it does look a little dated these days. There again do I really want to see Johnny Depp playing Bill Masen?

 

No - I'll stay with the book.

 

Johnny Depp would almost certainly mean Tim Burton directing, which could be........interesting. Not necessarily good, but interesting! And as long as it isn't Tom Cruise........

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It needs to be British, first and foremost in my mind, so hopefully that would exclude Tom Cruise.

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It needs to be British, first and foremost in my mind, so hopefully that would exclude Tom Cruise.

 

From your mouth to God's ear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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^ It didn't happen with War of the Worlds though, so there is a precedent . . .

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I read The Kraken Wakes and I felt, that The War of The Worlds told a more compelling story.

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I read The Kraken Wakes and I felt, that The War of The Worlds told a more compelling story.

 

It is a better plotted novel that has the benefit of an actual resolution, but the movie adaptations are still lacking (although I do really enjoy the 50s version).

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Well, I've been putting it off for years, as there is no new content out there to read* but I finally started The Chrysalids this week.  I'm now nearly half way through, having done most of that in one sitting, and I don't want this book to end - I've not enjoyed a book this much for ages!

 

*Well, there is some, but it is not supposed to be that great!

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I bought this the other day - only £0.99 on Kindle. Glad you are enjoying it...it's fairly short from what I recall (< 100 pages?).

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On 20/07/2018 at 3:08 PM, bobblybear said:

I bought this the other day - only £0.99 on Kindle. Glad you are enjoying it...it's fairly short from what I recall (< 100 pages?).

 

Only just seen this, I blame that on the whole - thankfully - aborted forum closure! 

 

I think the paperback is closer to 200 pages, but by today's standards it is more of a draft excluder than a doorstop. 

 

I really enjoyed this, some very interesting ideas, but I felt the ending was a little light-weight. 

 

Must do a complete read through of Wyndham's books. Something for 2019, perhaps!

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We did the chrysalids in school. I remember really enjoying it but don't remember if we read the whole thing or just bits of it. I ought to give it a re-read I think.

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On 11/30/2018 at 7:28 PM, Raven said:

 

I think the paperback is closer to 200 pages, but by today's standards it is more of a draft excluder than a doorstop. 

 

 

It's definitely longer than the 100 pages I mentioned above, even though that's what Amazon says it is. I can remember wondering why it was taking me so long to finish if it was only a hundred pages. :lol:

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*gasp*

 

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Really surprised someone has gone to the length of remastering this, given the BBC seem to put very little out on Blu-ray, but I'm not complaining!

 

If anyone hasn't seen it, this is by far the best adaptation of Triffids anyone has done.

 

Release date Monday 7th September.

 

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As long as it's not the one from a few years ago, which was dreadful.

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On 8/19/2020 at 11:24 AM, Madeleine said:

As long as it's not the one from a few years ago, which was dreadful.


Oh God no! Why would you even think I would promote that?! 

 

OFFENSE TAKEN!

 

(Just kidding!)

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